Tips for traveling with your dog and baby

Traveling with your dog takes planning…but traveling with your dog AND baby takes even more effort! The key is to create a comfortable atmosphere for your pup so you can focus on keeping your baby happy. Before you hit the road this summer, check these items off of your dog’s packing list, and follow these tips for smooth sailing.

What to pack for your dog:

  • Crate: Traveling in a crate is the safest option. It’s normal to feel guilty putting your pup in a crate, but most dogs actually feel safer traveling in one! Before the trip, make sure your dog is comfortable with the situation. And for extra comfort, layer the bottom with his favorite BLANKET so he is nice and cozy.
  • Food and water: Pack your dog’s food and bowls and make sure you have enough to last the entire trip. If you are going out of state, bottled water may be the best option, as different minerals in the water could upset your dog’s stomach. Don’t forget to pack treats to reward your pup after a long day of travel.
  • Bedding and blankets: Pack a DOG BED and BLANKET for a comfortable night’s sleep in an unfamiliar place. Don’t forget to pack your pup’s POCKET TOWEL to clean up after the day’s adventures.
  • Collar and leash: Make sure your dog wears a collar at all times with proper identification to PREVENT YOUR PUP FROM GETTING LOST. A quality LEASH will help ensure your dog is by your side at all times. This is especially important because you don’t know how your dog may react in new surroundings.
  • Favorite toy: Bring along your dog’s favorite TOY to provide security and comfort from home.
  • Plastic bags and waste scooper: Well, you know why…
  • Medication and first aid kit: Bring along any medication your dog may need during the trip, as well as a basic first-aid supplies. A BASIC FIRST AID KIT should include gauze rolls, gauze pads, tape, antiseptic wipes or spray, an ice pack, scissors, tweezers and a pet thermometer.


Now that your dog is packed and ready to go, follow these tips to keep your pup happy while focusing on your baby’s needs:

  • Before you go, be sure to exercise with your dog. A nice long walk or game of fetch can help relieve any built up energy before the drive.
  • Don’t let your dog eat right before you leave. Instead, try to feed your pup three to four hours beforehand. Your dog may experience motion sickness, so you don’t want your pup to have a full belly in case that happens.
  • Plan plenty of pit stops and be realistic with your schedule. You’ll need to stop for diaper changes and breaks for your baby and bathroom walks for your dog. Anytime you start to hear your pup whining, it’s probably a good idea to pull over. Better to be safe than sorry!
  • Pack a baby carrier so that you have your hands free for your dog’s LEASH.
  • Make sure you have all of your supplies nearby – especially something packed for sensitive stomachs.
  • Once you arrive, go for a nice long walk with your baby and pup. Everyone will need to stretch their legs and get some fresh air after being cooped up in the car for an extended amount of time.
  • Most importantly, stay positive. This is essential for both your dog and your baby. Good energy, a calm tone of voice, and relaxed body language will help to keep everyone happy while on vacation.


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Tips for traveling with your dog and baby

July 13, 2016